Leaving a child unattended inside a motor vehicle may soon be considered a crime.

Representative. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2nd District, Camarines Sur) and ex-President turned Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga) have filed House Bill 5226 prohibiting a parent, legal guardian, or any person from leaving children 8 years old and below unattended inside a motor vehicle without supervision.

The bill imposes a fine of not more than P5,000 for first time offenders, P10,000 for second-time offenders and P50,000 for third-time offenders.

If left unattended in a vehicle, a child can suffer heat strokes or inhale toxic fumes, be abducted or can even accidentally put the car into motion.

The representatives believe that through legislation and education, the injuries and deaths caused by the dangerous practice of leaving children unattended in motor vehicles can greatly be reduced.

SOURCE: House of Representative, Republic of the Philippines